Volunteer In Malawi
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LIFE IN MALAWI
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa; but surprisingly enough, one of the warmest. It has been nicknamed: 'The Warm Heart of Africa' and it doesn't take long once you arrive here to feel the warmth and friendliness of the locals. Lake Malawi runs throughout most of the country and is the lifeline for so many. It's been named the calendar lake since it is 52 km wide and 365 km long.
ISSUES FACING MALAWI
There are several challenges that this country faces and some of the most challenging ones are eradicating extreme poverty, extreme hunger, and high illiteracy rates. The country has failed to adopt new agricultural technologies, inadequate food storage, processing and utilization knowledge that result in food wastage, critical shortage of capacity and skills in many institutions that are involved in the delivery of development programs. Among other issues are inadequate knowledge and skills on household dietary diversification, economic empowerment to increase access to high nutritive value foods for varied and nutritious diet, and inadequate marketing infrastructure for rural communities, which limits poor farmers and communities from growing cash crops and engaging in meaningful economic empowerment activities.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ?
Getting involved with the local projects and community here in Malawi is what this placement is all about. This program is located in a very tranquil and breathtaking spot along Lake Malawi. It not only provides a stunning view of the surrounding lake and area but also opens up plenty of opportunities to take part in some incredible activities both on and off the lake as well as providing lots of new things to explore and get involved in on your down time. If you have a desire to make a significant impact in a local community, want to experience what Malawi has to offer and looking for a great opportunity that will dramatically change your life while providing you with lasting memories, than you certainly can't go wrong joining one of our various programs we offer in Malawi.
ESSENTIAL COUNTRY INFORMATION:
CAPITAL CITY: Lilongwe
TIME ZONE: UTC +02:00
POPULATION: 12.34 million
LITERACY PERCENT: 63
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 39
CURRENCY: Malawian Kwacha (MWK)
RELIGION: Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Chichewa and English
WEATHER AND CLIMATE: The most ideal time to travel to Malawi is during the winter season which is between May to October. During these months, temperatures are cool and dry with lush vegetation. The summer season is between November to April where temperatures are hot and humid. During these months, there are also periods of heavy rains. The coolest months are between June to July when daytime temperatures hover around 21 °C / 70 °F and nights can be very cold.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
PROVIDING EDUCATION, SPORTS, COACHING AND VARIOUS OTHER PROJECTS
Location: Nkhata Bay (Central Malawi)
The area where our programs are located in Malawi is stunning. After a hard days work on these programs, you can rest in peach and tranquility as our accommodations are situated in a forest like setting, carved among beautiful trees on the shores of the majestic tropical lake Malawi. We are living in a time of massive environmental change and there is no way of knowing how these changes will affect Malawi or any other countries in our world. One thing is for sure, the more we start to understand development using local resources and use sustainable techniques, the more stable our future will be. We do not require any specific skills or experience for our programs. Each of the programs we offer is designed to attract all kinds of individuals who feel they have something specific to offer, ready to make a difference and learn new things. We provide all of our volunteers and travelers the chance to spend time with local people, educate and pass on their skills, and a space to get involved in the local community in and around Nkhata Bay. We encourage volunteers to choose a program they are most passionate about and have the most knowledge in. Our local staff on site are involved in numerous different projects, and there are no shortage of opportunities for volunteers who want to get involved. Our staff are more than willing to provide local language lessons, in Chi Tonga or Chichewa since communication is central to our vision and being able to communicate with the locals you come in contact with will certainly help enhance your volunteer experience. Malawi has been labeled 'the heart of Africa' and is one of the poorest countries on the continent. There is no question that this country needs all the help they can get. If you wish to volunteer on this program, here's how you can get involved:
GULUGUFE NURSERY SCHOOL PROGRAM
The children at this nursery school are between the ages of 3 to 6 years old. Volunteers are welcome to join local teachers at the nursery school in the nearby village of Chikale. There are about 50 children enrolled, many resources and accessible reports from other volunteers who participated in the school and what they accomplished while on the program. Teaching alongside the two established teachers is a great way to pass on new and different teaching techniques. The kids benefit from having more supervision and the teachers benefit from new ideas and motivation. At this nursery there has also been a gardening project created in the small space out the back of the nursery is a great way to plan for the future. The garden has been terraced off and basic fruit trees have been planted, but it can always do with extra care and there are plenty of seeds to plant in the ground and surrounding area. Making resources for the nursery school is a great way to leave your ideas behind. There are lots of materials for you to create and to leave your lesson plans or games that you think will benefit the kids well into the future. If volunteers like, they are also encourage to paint the walls around the schools and carry out other community mural projects. At this special nursery school, we also welcome builders to organize a small cooking area up at the school so that meals can be prepared and produced from the garden that can be made into nutritious snacks.
FOOTBALL OR NETBALL COACHING PROGRAM
Our hardworking and devoted teams train close by at Chikale village. We are always looking for volunteers with a sports background or a degree to help coach and train our athletes and encourage them to develop their core skills to enhance their success. Volunteers are welcome to assist or take any of the training sessions, pass on their skills and accompany the teams to games and be there to offer support every step of the way. The boys run two football teams ages 12 to 15 and they train three times a week. The girls train twice a week and both teams have fairly regular games within Nkhata Bay area. As a volunteer on this program, you will be responsible to assist with the following duties: skills training at the regular training sessions, help organize games with different teams, fitness training with the teams, and work with Willard to develop the managerial and organizational side of the team.
SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM
A local garden that has been created and we welcomes any of the volunteers to be part of it. You are welcome to help garden and plant any day of the week all year round. In 2011, we started developing gardens around the nursery school and other schools to provide nutritional snacks to the children as well as acting as a useful community demonstration in sustainable agriculture techniques and erosion control. We have developed around the site and particularly on three terraces that can act as a great community demonstration as well as a source of nutrients, ideas and inspiration for the kids at the nursery. Now that the gardens are in place, it is much easier for work to be done and for people to get involved, whether for a short or a long time. The hope is that both these gardens can be worked on a and developed over the coming years, with ideas from both the community and visitors and that in the future, as well as being a great source of food for the children, they can also be a great demonstration of sustainable home vegetable garden.
COMPUTER SKILLS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
For this program, you will be able to participate in a number of different ways. This center provides free information on health, agriculture and business issues. It also provides Malawians with free internet access for educational purposes and aims to develop its role within the wider community to become a useful networking center for the area. As a volunteer, you can get involved in the following ways:
- Computer lessons for local schoolchildren and community groups. We have Word and Excel lesson sheets and could always do with more making up.
- Environmental demonstrations around site at Butterfly can be written up in the information room and act as a great demonstration in sustainable techniques.
- Seeds planted out in the nursery here will be used in the gardens at Gulugufe nursery and Chikale primary school.
- Painting tree and plant signs around the garden helps people identify useful and interesting uses.
- Community visits to local groups and organizations can help advertise what we are doing here and help us find out more about what information is relevant to more people.
- Nutrition and cooking workshops with community groups can help spread vital information and get people informed about the information and links that can be made through the center. These can be held on site at Butterfly and work with the local Agriculture Department who work in this area.
- Cultural recordings with different members of the community as a way of recording local stories and traditions. There is a small camera, voice recorder and other means in which local community member’s stories and knowledge could be recorded.
SPECIAL NEEDS CARE CENTER PROGRAM
This center is home to approximately forty adult members who differ in their ability from deafness to paralysis and has been built in a small community close to Nkhata Bay area. At this center, members learn specialized trades in many areas including tailoring, carpentry, teaching, cooking, and computers. The center also consists of a fully functioning restaurant where customers can stop by for a cup of tea or some delicious home-made cooking. In addition, trained members manage an internet cafe, a shop where they sell their produce and fabric creations, as well as a small garden nursery for guests and members to relax and enjoy a day out at the center. Specialized training provided by local experts for the adults with disabilities.
YOUNG DISABLED CLUB PROGRAM
This program is designed to empower young people with disabilities to become as independent as possible, and to gain opportunities to participate meaningfully in their communities and family homes. Since 2012, a group of young adults with learning difficulties and physical impairments have been meeting on a weekly basis and coming together to learn valuable life skills, eat a nutritious lunch, engage in physical activity, and develop and deepen relationships among their peers and within the community. Some more able members are employed to do small tasks. The club began as only five individuals but has grown significantly to thirty young adults and the size of the club continues to grow every year, with more members being added all the time. An on going outreach component linked to this group includes home visits and needs assessments for volunteers with specific qualifications in this area.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS WE OFFER:
- Art, Film and/or Photography Class
- Assistance and Care for Special Needs Children
- Meal Plan, Food Preparation and Nutrition
- HIV/AIDS Workshops and Projects
- Agriculture and Gardening
- Building, Construction and Development
- Teaching English
- Daycare and Nursery Center
- Drama Club
- Community Resource Center
- Women's Empowerment
- Youth Club
Community Outreach Program Fee
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PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the program fee. This fee helps to cover the registration, enrollment, administration and processing costs. What's included in the program fees?
En Suite ............... $ 165 / week
Chalet ............... $ 135 / week
Dormitory ............... $ 75 / week
Camping ................ $ 35 / week
All Prices Quoted In Canadian Dollar (CAD)
OUR PROGRAM FEES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
Registration Fee - (refundable if you cancel your program), ongoing support from VWB staff, program marketing costs, digital information package, administration costs, travel costs to develop additional programs as well as ongoing costs to sustain programs.
Program Fee – project orientation, program supervision, accommodation (private or dormitory style) and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in country administration costs.
* ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE VOLUNTEER - visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), immunizations / vaccinations, in-country trips or tours, transfer to other areas and spending money.
Our enrollment and registration process begins by applying online. Once you have filled out and submitted the online application form, you will receive a confirmation email. To continue on in our enrollment process, all volunteers will be required to pay a Registration Fee of $225 CAD, which will be added to the Program Fee. This fee helps to cover the administration and processing costs. Once we receive both the registration and program fee payment, we will send you a confirmation email with the program details and encourage you to book your flight at that time. Our team will be readily available to correspond with you and answer any questions you might have from the time you apply until you reach the project. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com.